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Chocolatey PB Caramel Corn!!

I adapted this recipe from Crazy For Crust! It’s sooo good, like crazy good.
 
I’ve had it bookmarked for (what seems like) FOR.EV.ER. and I really wanted to make something that was super-easy and shareable … there’s some sort of major sporting event tonight that people like to gather for… I think it has something to do with football. 😉
 
The next time I make this I’m going to use candy melts. Just like the notes from the original recipe said, the white chocolate melted on my hands. This is probably only a concern if you’re going to be sharing. If you happened to be hunched over a large serving bowl shoving handful in your mouth and growling at anyone who comes to close… melting chocolate won’t be a problem. Not that that happened or anything.
 
I’ll also probably use either peanut butter OR peanut butter chips… this time I was running really low on PB and I wanted to make sure I’d have enough left over for my bagel tomorrow.
 
I let both cookie sheets set in the fridge for a few hours before I broke up the chunks and mixed them together.
 
This stuff is so good I’m glad we’re not going to any Super Bowl Parties so I won’t have to share any of MY Chocolatey PB Caramel Corn!! Click on the link to see my recipe.
 
Happy Making!
-Hey Waitress!!
 
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Turtle Snack Mix & Spiced Caramels

Aaaaaaallright, The original version of this is from Cravings Of A Lunatic. I changed a few things so click on the link to see her recipe!
I didn’t feel like making the caramel part, so I skipped it and added the mini Rolo’s. I stirred them in the mixture while it was still pretty warm so they would melt and get gooey. I also used a combination of milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet (that’s what I had in the pantry).
The next time I make this…I (might) make half the amount of chocolate mixture, and I’m (definitely) not going to leave it in the oven for a full hour. It didn’t seem to need to be in there that long. The corn syrup and chocolate mixture didn’t cook… the coating didn’t firm up until I let it cool for a few hours on the counter. Also, that stuff stays HOT for a long time. ;). Finally I think I’ll put it on 2 large cookie sheets so I can spread it out in a single layer, and see how that works. I didn’t get the cute pieces that the original author got. Mine broke up into bigger chunks.
This snack mix is seriously delish, I can’t stop eating it. Literally. I made this on Sunday, and every time I walk by the bowl I grab a few pieces. Maybe not EVERY time, but definitely every OTHER. Check out my version HERE!
 

I also made some spiced caramels on Sunday. I used this recipe. Just add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice with the salt! Then, line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper, pour the mixture in and let it cool/ set in the fridge. Then cut it into 1 inch squares. I also added about ¼- ½ c of chocolate chips… but it didn’t really do much. i wouldn’t even bother. Hubs said these are good, but I think they could use more of the spice flavors, so I’ll probably add another teaspoonful if I make them again. Because I was giving these away (and the caramel is pretty soft) I wrapped them in squares of parchment paper. It only took me for-ev-er. If I wasn’t sharing them (or if I was serving them right away) I wouldn’t have wrapped them. It took too much darn effort.
 
Happy Snack Making!
-Hey Waitress!!
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Chocolate Bark & Caramel Popcorn Bars

Happy Halloween! WooooOOOO (spooky ghost sound)…
 
I don’t usually make “Kid Friendly” food. Mostly because I don’t have any (kids, that is). And to be perfectly honest, I really enjoy booze. Not that I’m a lush or anything, but every once and a while I like a drink…
That being said, I figured it was time to branch out a little bit. One of the things that make both these recipes so “kid friendly” (besides the fact there’s no booze in them) is that they’re both really easy to make. As long as you’re careful with all the warm melted stuff! The other thing I like about these is the giftability (haha, not a word!) for teachers or friends…
 
The Chocolate Bark was inspired by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles Octoberbark & Sugar Loco’s Buggy Bark. If you haven’t heard of either of them… Go now, you can alway come back to me later. 😉 MY favorite thing about the Bark (besides how yummy it is) is how customizable it is. Hubs and I basically went down the candy aisle and randomly picked Butterfinger’s & Rolo’s. The chocolate base can be changed to whatever you want (more semi sweet for a darker chocolate, or something like that). Another small difference would be to crush the Oreo’s fine, then sprinkle them on last, to make it look like “dirt” instead of bark. Speaking of those Oreo’s my grocery store didn’t have the Halloween ones! Bummer. CLICK FOR MY VERSION!
 
The Caramel Popcorn Bar recipe was inspired by Part Time Housewife’s version. I changed just a few things… like the Crunch N Munch. I really love caramel, and I really wanted to put caramel popcorn in this recipe. Sadly, my grocery store didn’t have any caramel popcorn besides the Crunch N Munch. They also didn’t have White Chocolate Reese’s Cups. Another grocery store let down. I just used the regular mini ones. Look at my version here!!
 
I really wanted to get this post up before today, but Hurricane/ SuperStorm Sandy messed with my (already crappy) internet service. Lucky for us, that was all she did here. In PA Philly and the suburbs got the worst of it. The East Coast got slammed, and NYC & the Jersey Shore have a long recovery ahead of them. Keep them in your thoughts.
 
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
-Hey Waitress!!
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